Kate Danson is the eldest daughter of veteran actor Ted Danson and his former wife. She is the only biological child between Ted and Cassandra Casey Coates. The former flames were in a marital relationship for over a decade before divorcing.
Besides, Kate once tried her hands in the acting field but she now walks a different path. Her handful of appearances as an actress didn’t bode well and she now works behind the camera.
In this article today, let’s take a close look at the life of Kate and find out some intriguing facts about her! Let’s get right into it!
Kate Danson Early Life
She was born on December 24th, 1979, in Los Angeles, California. She is the first and only biological child between Ted and his second wife, Casey.
From her father’s side, she belongs to Scottish and English ancestry whereas she has French Norman ancestry from her mom’s side. As for her ethnicity, she has caucasian ethnicity and possesses American nationality.
Kate was brought up by her mom and dad in a posh neighborhood of Los Angeles. For around five years she was the only child in the Danson household before her parents adopted her one and only sibling, Alexis Danson.
Kate’s birth also brought a health scare for her mom Casey
The arrival of any child brings nothing but happiness and joy around the household. Although similar was the case for the Dansons, Kate’s birth also brought forth something terrible for her mom.
While giving birth to Kate, Casey had a major health scare as she suffered from a stroke which left her paralyzed in one part of her body. Due to this, Casey spent several years struggling to do basic body movements. Her husband, Ted tended for his wife at such a dire time.
However, this health issue eventually became the death of their relationship and led to the end of their years-long married life. In an interview with Closer, Ted told both of them realized they weren’t the same anymore. He said, “We were adjusting to the fact that we weren’t the same people we were before it happened.”
Brief detail on Kate’s parent’s relationship
Ted first started dating Casey right after he divorced his first wife, Randy Danson. At first, Ted never thought he’d fall in love ever again but enter Cassandra Coates.
At first glance, Ted fell in love with this majestic beauty. Soon the couple decided to be in a relationship. Back then Ted was a small-time actor while his girlfriend was making a name for herself in Hollywood as a producer.
After dating for a couple of years, the pair exchanged vows in an extravagant ceremony on the 30th of July, 1977. Although not much information is available about their wedding, we’re sure it was a blast for the newlyweds.
Their relationship was sailing smoothly, as expected. Even after Casey suffered from the health issue, she and her husband fought it off together. Moreover, they became parents to another baby girl.
Nevertheless, no matter how hard they tried, their beautiful marriage came to an end. They divorced in the year 1993. Their divorce is one of the costliest divorces of all time with Ted paying up around $30 million in the settlement.
Kate has one adopted sister and one step-sister
A few years after Kate’s birth, her parents decided to adopt another child. They adopted Alexis Danson, born in 1985. The identity of Alexis’s biological parents is kept behind closed doors.
Unlike her older sister Kate, Alexis likes to remain behind closed doors. She didn’t follow her famous father’s path and became an actress.
Apart from an adopted sister, Kate also has two step-siblings, Lilly McDowell, born January 22nd, 1981, and Charlie McDowell, born July 10th, 1983. Lilly is the daughter of Kate’s step-mother Mary Steenburgen and her husband Malcolm McDowell.
Kate is a certified doula
Like any other star kid, Kate too had an acting bug from earlier on. This led to auditioning for several roles and she eventually scored a couple of roles.
Though she doesn’t have many movie credits like her dad, she still has appeared in a handful of movies. Her movie portfolio includes Cousins, Keepin’ It Real Estate, Kemper: The CoEd, Alien Theory. Fun fact, she also appeared in one of the episodes of CSI alongside her dad, Ted.
In addition to her work in front of the camera, she also tried her hands behind the camera as well. She has produced a couple of plays namely Nocturne, French Waitress, Tennessee. Kate also appeared in a few theatrical plays, including French Waitress, The Drowning Girls at the Walker Space in NYC.
Apart from her work on and off the screen, she is a certified doula. For those of you who have no idea what a doula is, well, it’s a woman who provides physical and emotional support to the pregnant woman before, during, and after the birth of the child. Moreover, Kate is also a photographer.
Her Personal life: She was once married to TV royalty
At the moment, Kate is single and not in a relationship with anyone. Previously, she was married to Jesse Bochco. The former flames exchanged vows on September 26th, 2009, in an intimate ceremony.
Her ex-husband Jesse is the only son of late TV producer Steven Bochco. His father was famous for producing several acclaimed TV series. On the other hand, his mom, Barbara Bosson is a retired actress. She is famous for her work in Hill Street Blues.
Not much about their relationship is known but we can say they dated for a couple of years before deciding to settle down. However, things didn’t turn out to be as what the couple had expected and sadly they went their own ways some times later.
Their divorce was finalized in the year 2013. From their marital relationship, they don’t share any children.